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Subject: Relocating Teacher
Date Posted: 5/9/2009 3:16 PM ET
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Ok, this is not about books, but I am an elementary teacher who graduated last May. I am actively seeking employment throughout IL, as well as in multiple areas (elementary, middle level, social science, language arts, etc...) I am looking into possibly relocating, as the job market here is tough. I am ready to start my teaching career and am thinking relocating is the right way to go. The reason I think this is, a hard to find position (language arts) in this area had 200 applicants, I was chosen to interview for it(did not get hired though) and the principal told me I was well qualified, but a heads up that the market is so tough in Illinois. My question is, any teachers that have relocated, are you happy you did it? Any things I should be looking at, reading, or really researching before I delve into this search. I am a dedicated teacher, I am willing to start in many different positions, and am willing to teach in more urban areas. I do want to feel safe, I will be living on my own, but any help if greatly appreciated. Btw, I am looking at Alaska, North Carolina, and possibly South Carolina for relocation ideas.

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Date Posted: 5/9/2009 5:39 PM ET
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While you are making your decision, read all you can on classroom managment, collaborative and cooperative learning structures, and Inclusion.  These are the areas my college students are telling me are really questioned when they go on interviews.  Be familiar with the states Curriculum Standards - you can access them on their state Department of Education sites.  Tates "Shouting Won't Grow Dendrites" and Jensen's "Super Teaching - fourth edition" are quick, yet extremely useful books.

Good luck!

Date Posted: 5/12/2009 7:53 PM ET
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Date Posted: 5/25/2009 11:20 PM ET
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thanks for the advice. 

Molly, I do know about those listed, but I will make sure I am up to date on those subjects.  That way I am ready if called for an interview.

Rebecca, I did call one couny in North Carolina and they seemed to echo the same sentiment.  They said they would be repositioning some positions first, due to budget cuts, but to get the application in and ready for when they post the positions. 


Date Posted: 5/29/2009 10:44 PM ET
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I'm not a teacher, but I'm a husband of one, band teacher.  Instead of urban try going the other way and apply at rural schools.  My wife tried and tried to break through in a metropilitian area.  Finally, she applied at a school district that has 400 students total, and got hired. We relocated for that one.

I will warn you though there is not a nastier politician than a small town school board member.  We're moving again this summer because of some stuff going on in the school board, but we're off to another small town.

Not only that your paycheck goes a lot further!!!

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 5:50 PM ET
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thanks for the adivce. I actually student taught in a rural school and loved it. I will definately look into that!